Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Friday Five, September 9, 2016
September 18, 2016

Gospel: (Luke 16:1-13)

Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said...'Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward. The steward said to himself, 'What shall I do?...I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg....So he called in his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, 'How much do you owe?' He replied, 'One hundred measures of olive oil.' He said, 'Here is your promissory note. Sit down and write fifty.' Then to another who owed one hundred kors of wheat, he said "Here is your promissory note, write one for eighty.' And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.


Prudent decisiveness that this gospel recommends means that we recognize that all our choices in daily living are really choices for eternal life. We honestly try to live good lives. When opportunities present themselves to act in a Christian way, most of us respond appropriately most of the time. This gospel challenges us to take this one step further. With an eye to the future, we must surrender ourselves to searching out opportunities to live the paschal mystery. There is such an urgency about discipleship that we cannot be passive in any way. Just as Jesus did all he needed to do to make his message known, so must we be as proactive in our own discipleship. (Living Liturgy, p.212)

Vincentian Meditation:

"Admission into heaven is something money cannot buy. The only currency that has any value to secure our entrance is that of love. In a world where so many things can be brought with money, often our minds center more on money than upon love. What Jesus is trying to tell us is that money is a good servant but a bad master. When money is employed as a servant, it can bring joy and comfort to millions and especially to those who have little or none of it. But let money become our master, let it take the first place in our lives and it can be a tyrant. It can harder our hearts and blind our vision of the supreme realities of our existence. Millions of dollars passed through the hands of St. Vincent and he made every cent a good servant. Vincent regarded the money which he received or possessed as the "patrimony of the poor," and so it was always to be used for the benefit of the poor." (McCullen, Deep Down Things,p. 560)

Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)

In what ways are we challenged to make our money a "true servant" not a master?
Closing Prayer:

Lord, as pilgrims on the journey,
-may we travel together in charity and service.
Lord, as servants of the poor and one another,
-may we reach out our hands in charity and service.
Lord, as we daily embrace the call to live in integrity,
-may we reach out our hearts in charity and service. Amen

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It's a Match!
We have received an Orsinger Foundation Match grant and we need your help!  

Any new donation or increased donation from an existing donor, made thru October 31st will be matched by the Foundation!  Up to $5,000.

This is critical in our efforts to help our community.  What can you do?
1) Spread the Word!  Tell your conferences, your friends, everyone, to please donate to SVdP SA.  
2) If you've already donated, increase the amount of your last donation.

Please help us receive the match!
Project Cool

Catholic Charities has already exceeded their goal of 5,000 fans.  Thank you for your servant hearts in continuing to respond to the needs of the community.
At this point, the Fire Department has said there will be no more fan donations coming in.  They are low on inventory and at this point will not be able to fill any more orders.  If there is an emergency, please do not hesitate in contacting Lizzy Nemeth at  to see what we can do.  
If your Conference has any fans left over please return them to the Guadalupe Community Center by September 30th.  They will also take any broken fans still in the box.  

The deadline for data entry will be October 15th.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the University of the Incarnate Word will be hosting this year's Friends of the Poor Walk on Sunday, November 20th.  Please stay tuned for more details as the date!

Prayers for Ms. Norma Ortiz's mother from our St. James Conference.  Her mother is in ICY and they would all greatly appreciate your prayers. 

Pray for Mrs. Cecilia Ortiz of our Lady of Good Counsel Conference.  Mr. and Mrs. Ortiz have been long time donors to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. She has been diagnosed with a terrible illness and has requested our prayers.

Please pray for Arnold and Maria Trevinio, our Vincentians from Prince of Peace, who are both suffering from illnesses at this time. 

Please continue prayers for Council Treasurer, Langston Rodge, during his difficult illness. 

Please continue praying for Yolanda and Ramiro Ramirez, Angela Angel and Gloria de Luna,  all from St. Ann's Conference  who are experiencing health issues.

Does your Conference have any news, events, or any other information that you would like to share in the Friday Five? **Please note, that events can be advertised if they ONLY support the SVDP Conference.  Any events that are put on by a parish can no longer be advertised.**

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